Fracking chief rapped by opponents for calling for safety limits to be raised

“We are surprised to read that Mr Egan thinks that his industry is ‘being held back by a micro-seismic Traffic Light System, set with an upper limit of just 0.5 on the Richter scale, with no credible scientific basis’.

“This is a very strange claim to make given that he wrote to the then Energy Minister, when this Traffic Light System was devised seven years ago, claiming that Cuadrilla themselves had developed it ‘in conjunction with with industry experts and [his] team at DECC’.

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Fracking Endgame: It’s Literally Us Or The Frackers

Persistently low prices have challenged the economic viability of the fracking industry’s continuous and steady expansion. So now, frackers are banking on polluting partnerships with three industrial players: the petrochemical and plastic industries that use natural gas liquids as feedstock for manufacturing; gas exporters building liquefied natural gas terminals to ship gas overseas; and the electric power industry, which is using fracked gas for unnecessary gas-fired power plants. These industries are throwing an economic lifeline to the fracking industry, and it’s all in service of creating new demand for what has been becoming a sinking investment.

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Not ‘Freedom Gas’ But ‘Failure Gas'”
This new analysis paints a devastating picture of what our world will look like if fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure buildout aren’t halted soon.”
—Dr. Sandra Steingraber, biologist and activist

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Policing operations at fracking sites in Nottinghamshire cost £900,000

A Freedom of Information has revealed that so far £900,000 has been spent on policing operations at two IGas fracking sites in Nottinghamshire.  The request was made to Nottinghamshire Police by Frack Free Misson who have been informed by Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner, that as of April 2019, the total cost of policing operations at the two IGas fracking sites the sites at Tinker Lane near Blythe and Springs Road near Misson stood at £900,000.

 

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People protesting against fracking in Woodsetts are set to take on INEOS at a public inquiry

After being rejected twice applications from INEOS for exploratory drilling in Woodsetts will be decided at a public inquiry.

The local Woodsetts community believed they were safe from the dangers of fracking, after Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council turned down INEOS applications for exploratory drilling twice. INEOS have now appealed to the national planning inspectorate to overturn the decision.

 

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EVENTS DIARY & DRILLING HEADLINES

Events in June 2019 and beyond about UK fracking, onshore oil and gas and campaigning

  • Public inquiry into Ineos plans for shale gas exploration at Woodsetts in South Yorkshire
  • UK Onshore Gas and Oil Summit
  • On yer bike protest at Ineos plans to close the Bo’ness Road at Grangemouth
  • Groundswell events on climate change solutions
  • Heather Stroud talks about campaigning and standing up to power
  • Mam Tor banner drop in protest against fracking 

WITH THANKS TO RUTH AT DRILL OR DROP

EVENTS DIARY

HEADLINES

 

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“Great Wall of Ineos blocks Woodsetts views”

New proposals by Ineos have emerged for a 3m high noise barrier running for more than 100m alongside its site earmarked for shale gas exploration in the south Yorkshire green belt.                        Residents in the village of Woodsetts have described the barrier as the “Great Wall of Ineos” and complained that it would “fence them in”.

The barrier was not part of the original planning application for the Woodsetts site, which was turned down twice by Rotherham Borough Council in January and September 2018

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Why fracking has divided the UK

On Preston New Road, where big houses behind wrought iron gates give way to green fields, there’s a makeshift anti-fracking camp — likened and styled by environmental activists as their present-day equivalent of Greenham Common, a peacenik Cold War stand against the United States and its stationing of cruise missiles with nuclear warheads aimed at targets across the Communist bloc.

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Court rules against new government consultation on fracking policy

A High Court judge ruled this morning that the government does not have to carry out a new public consultation on its planning policy on fracking.

Mr Justice Dove was responding to a call by lawyers for anti-fracking campaigner, Claire Stephenson, who won a case against the local government secretary in March 2019. (DrillOrDrop report)

The case concerned the revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets the basis for planning decisions and included government support for fracking.

In his original ruling, the judge quashed paragraph 209a of the NPPF.

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